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St. Petersburg crash kills two, injures two

ST. PETERSBURG — Alcohol and speed played roles in a collision early Friday that left two people dead and a third with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The crash happened at 62nd Avenue N and 22nd Street N about 1:30 a.m.

Devin M. Plant, 25, was driving a 2003 Saturn east on 62nd Avenue with two passengers — Charles R. Lutes II and Diana L. Nusspickel, both 25 — in the back seat.

As the Saturn turned left onto 22nd Street, police said it struck a speeding 2007 Chevy Cobalt headed in the opposite direction.

The Chevy, driven by Scott M. Nicholson, 30, was moving "at an extremely high rate of speed," police said. The Chevy's brakes locked and the car slammed into the Saturn's right side, sending the Saturn spinning counter-clockwise. It collided with a bus stop sign and wooden power pole, police said.

The Saturn's passengers, Lutes and Nusspickel, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Plant, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Nicholson, the Chevy's driver, also was taken to Bayfront and was reported to be in serious condition.

The investigation is continuing into the crash and charges are pending, police said. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said, but no other details of the investigation were released Friday.

St. Petersburg crash kills two, injures two 06/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 10:29pm]
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